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quickly. it's no secret the republicans have systemically slow walked or blocked scores of president obama's judicial and executive branch nominations. pending executive nominations have waited an average of five months. democrats have broken filibusters of 66 of the president's nominations and republicans have blocked or delayed more than that with secret holds and procedural hurdles. we reached an agreement at the first of the year to consider a number of important nominations stalled for months and far too many cases for years. but obstruction has reared its ugly head. and we have a backlog now. it's time to move forward without delay. and fill those crucial posts. in the wake of a republican government shutdown, a nation's watching for a sign the senate can function efficiently and normally. it's time to show the american people how well and how quickly the senate can work when cooperation is present. my question, mr. president, our colleagues in the house of representatives owe the american people -- they owe it to them to stop wasting time on political show votes and start legislatin
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